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Guess what? It's more programs cheating. Also, progress from the Baylor Bears.

Gathers, attempting a legal steal.
Gathers, attempting a legal steal.
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Bodner Drafted by Kansas City Royals in MLB First-Year Player Draft - Xavier University Official Athletic Site
We mentioned this in a Fanshot yesterday, but  it's worth mentioning again. Jacob Bodner went in the 27th round of the baseball draft to the Kansas City Royals. This year, Bodner was 0-1 with a 5.66 ERA in 18 appearances out of the bullpen. In those 18 appearances he 20 2/3rds innings and struck out 24.

Texas investigating after report of players' academic misconduct -
Texas Longhorns investigating possible academic misconduct

It's now the turn of the Longhorns on the academic misconduct chopping block. It's probably safe to say that a dedicated and detailed probe would turn up what the NCAA calls academic misconduct at just about every school. This one basically comes down to a tutor writing papers for J'Covan Brown and PJ Tucker. There is no current indication that Rick Barnes knew about the cheating in his time at the school. Meanwhile, students the world over get girl/boyfriends to help with papers, find old tests from academic resource centers, or buy answers off better students. I'm not saying it's right, I'm just saying there's a double standard here.

University of Hawaii at Manoa sues former basketball coach Gib Arnold
Hamaii has taken a different tack by suing a former coach and alleging he was aware of the endemic cheating at his program. This comes more from recruiting, but it has given the school a great chance to soapbox and is undoubtedly in no way tied to the wrongful termination suit the coach filed against the university.

Rico Gathers of Baylor Bears charged with shoplifting in Waco
Congrats to the Baylor Bears for de-escalating their criminal tendencies. Gathers turned himself in for crimes that don't include murder or dismembering his roommate. Sure, it's not good, but it's a step in the right direction for the Bears.